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basically get weapons and money into syria from that... from the turkish area. so for us it made sense to get a sense of hue who the rebels are to spend time in the region they control instead of trying to cower and hide and go with them undercover from place to place to be in this swath of towns and villages that they control. rough where you have they are relatively safe. free fro government assault on a regular basis? >> at this time. if you were to try to look at the map and say "where exactly do the rebels control? everyday it changes a bit, it morphs and changes. on the edges of the area they control the government might take a town back. there was one town when we were there that switched hands between the government and the rebels four times. why? because the government realizes that this border area is important to the rebels. they realize it is a buffer zone and they are trying to regain control but obviously government's army is stretched and itsriorities are elsewhere: namely damascus and aleppo. >> woodruff: tell us about the rebels you met. you talked to a number of them.
. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> brown: the troubles with the u.s. economy-- and the possible fallout-- were on full display orce report told of states facing ever-deeper budget holes. but the chairman of the federal reserve withheld any promise of immediate help. ben bernanke came before the senate banking committee acknowledging that the economy has suffered a series of setbacks. a slump in hing and job growth, a slow down in manufacturing activity can reduce spending by consumers. while ting the trend, the fed chair would not commit on if or when the central bank might act again to boost growth. >> we're looking very carefully at the economy, trying to judge whether or not the loss of moment actual we've seen recently -- momentum we've seen recently is enduring and whether or not the economy will make progress to lower unemployed and more satisfactory labor market conditions. if that does not occur, obviously we have to consider additional steps. >> senators from the two parties pushed bernanke in opposing directions. tennessee republican said the fed sho
to bring it to the table because it could save lives. >> let us know what you think. please follow me on twitter @bonnie erbe or @to the tea. from the politics of gun control to more women in congress. >> almost 300 women have filed to run for u.s house seats this election season, and with 20 states yet to hold primary elections, we're on track to shatter the record of women running for seats in the general election. women are not running for the u.s. senate in record breaking numbers but so far, 36 women have filed, with 23 still in t running. north dakota senate candidate heidi heitcamp says to expect more women in the senate in the next session. >> i would expect more women in the senate. >> heitcamp's race for north dakota's open senate seat is a statistical tie. the state, which tends to swing republican, stands to vote in a female senator, and a democrat. she is running because she wants to affect change in washington. -- and represent the people of this country and i think that is why i'm in the race as i have been talking to people across the country and i can tell you the o
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